For some, the countdown has already begun. Why put Christmas aside, always with restrictions and fear for the Omicron variantthe holidays are already on the horizon Easter. And so the Italians begin to wonder if and how it will be possible to move for a few days of relaxation, in Italy or abroad. Especially since this year falls on April 17, just over two weeks from the date that should mark the end of emergency state. The questions are therefore more than legitimate: will you be able to travel? And or? And you will need the green pass?

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What happens when the state of emergency ends

With the end of the state of emergency, scheduled for March 31, the government would lose those extraordinary powers that allowed the introduction of decrees and regulations for health reasons. On trips, flights to and from countries deemed most at risk could no longer be blocked, as well as the restriction of entry from any country in the world. Farewell also to the colors of the regions as well as to the ordinances of individual governors which could, if necessary, toughen the measures of the national government. Getting around Italy will therefore be easy: for those who have the Green Pass and who already have the dose boosterin effect, any travel restrictions are waived.

Travel at Easter, the new Covid-free tourist corridors

As for foreign countries, the latest news is related to tourist corridors for exotic destinations. Last week, Health Minister Speranza signed an order extending the measures for so-called “Covid-free” tourist corridors until June 30 and, from February 1, extending them to six other destinations: Cuba, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand (limited to the island of Phuket), Oman and French Polynesia. So far, those in Aruba, the Maldives, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Dominican Republic and Egypt (limited to Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam) have been active: in all these areas, travelers are exempt compliance with health surveillance and fiduciary isolation provided certain conditions are met. One of them is to present at the controls the transport ticket for the tourist corridors, a form with information relating to travel, stay in the facilities and Covid policy.

In addition to these documents, people traveling must have the green pass which must certify the completion of the vaccination or recovery cycle. In addition, they will have to undergo a molecular or antigenic sample within 48 hours prior to departure and another negative within 48 hours of arrival in the country. Tests will also be required upon arrival in Italy. The order specifies that the molecular or antigenic test planned for entry into the national territory “can also be carried out within 24 hours of returning to the national territory, with the obligation of fiduciary isolation until the end of it. In addition, tour operators communicate to the competent offices of the Ministry of Health, at least five days before their entry, the list of passengers returning to the national territory, as well as the different countries of origin and the airports of arrival”.

Traveling in Europe, what changes

Given that in two months the anti-contagion measures could be further reduced if, as it seems, the virus enters its endemic phase, other news has also arrived for those who arrive in Italy from a country of the European Union. Until March 15 (so before Easter, but the guidelines already give an approximate indication) to travel, it is enough to have the EU Covid digital certificate, which certifies recovery, vaccination or the fact that a person has tested negative. Once in the country, foreign tourists must always comply with the regulations in force in Italian territory which provide for the use of masks even outdoors and restrictions for unvaccinated and/or uncured people.

To go abroad, the solution is, in any case, to inquire before departure and, of course, to respect the rules of each country. Inquire before booking. In Francefor example, when the one who arrives must fill in the declaration of no symptoms downloadable from the page of the Ministry of the Interior, whatever the Green Pass, including minors. Completion of a “public health form” is also required in Spain where every traveler is subject to a body temperature check. To travel to neighboring Austria, you will have to present a negative molecular test carried out in the previous 72 hours in addition to the vaccination certificate or that of recovery from Covid in the last 6 months. On the other hand, those who have made the recall or who have recovered in the last 90 days are exempt from the buffer and from any quarantine.

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United States

For those who want a madness and for Easter you have to decide to go to United States, the path is simpler: from November 8, all restrictions on arrival in the United States have been removed for people coming from the Schengen area and are fully vaccinated or exempt because they belong to certain categories (for example, minors under the age of 18 or people who do not have one can be vaccinated). However, a negative test must be presented (in some cases a certificate of recovery is sufficient) and it is recommended to do another three or five days after arrival.

List E countries

According to the order of January 27, at least until March 15, travel to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine is only allowed in the presence of specific reasons, c i.e. work, health, studies, absolute urgency, return home or to the very residence of people with whom there is a stable and proven affective relationship. Therefore, travel for tourism purposes is excluded.